It’s Christmas, but not as we know it!

As we enter another Christmas season with restrictions on our activities and the threat of the new Omicron variant, it set me thinking about Christmas joy! 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says “Always be joyful”. Rejoice means “return to the source of your delight, the source of deep abounding pleasure, of your gratitude”. Returning to God in the midst of the pandemic reminds us just how much He loves us. The challenge is for us to keep our eyes on the nature of God’s character: loving, enduring, ever-present, faithful, eternal, unconditional, unchanging, gracious, merciful. That will help us rediscover joy in the midst of everything that is going on. Mary’s joy, as an unmarried teenager, finding she was pregnant is amazing (read Luke 1:46-55). Joseph’s family was from Bethlehem –that’s why they had to go there for the census- but it looks like his family wanted nothing to do with them when they arrived so Jesus was born in some outbuilding. It didn’t diminish their joy at the birth of Jesus. Whatever situation you find yourself in this Christmas I pray you will know the joy and peace that comes from knowing Jesus. Ian